Community comes together for fun day

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Crowds of people turned out to support a family fun day.

A team of parents and teachers at Rothwell Victoria Infants School organised the fun day to raise funds for young Sam Swingler, who has muscular dystrophy, and the school. Abi Manning is on the organising committee and said: “We wanted to raise money to pay for a lift in the school for Sam but the council agreed to pay for it. By then we’d already done a lot of organising so we decided to carry on with the fun day and split the money between Sam’s fund and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.”

As well as the crowds of people who turned out to support today’s (Saturday, September 28) fun day, local businesses also helped. The raffle had more than £1,000 worth of raffle prizes, all of which had been donated by businesses.

The event included craft stalls, hook-a-duck, a balloon race and live music. Local firefighters rigged up a dunk machine and pupils paid to dunk the head teacher, Lee Hurling, and his deputy, Christine Tighe, in the tub. There was also a fun run, with many of the runners wearing fancy dress.

Abi said: “We had really good local support. The community came together.”

Sam’s mum, Natalie Swingler, said: “It was brilliant, way beyond what we expected.

“Lots of people helped, the committee worked very hard, Terry Barrett looked at what we needed and said:’I can sort that, and that, and that,’ he really took the stress out of it. And Karen Smith, the special educational needs co-ordinator, has been great too, and Brett Owen supplied the PA system.

“Everyone has supported us.”